Wellbeing affects all aspects of an individual’s life. It has an impact on one’s physical health, performance, and potential for growth. Recognizing its indispensable value, the UAE government considers happiness as a priority and inspires people, institutions, and the broader community to cultivate wellbeing (https://www.happy.ae/en). At a university level, evidence-based approaches to learning contribute to promoting wellness initiatives.
In the spirit of building a positive university approach, Middlesex University in Dubai created a Taskforce on Happiness and Wellbeingin 2017, before opening the Wellness Office in September 2020. The Wellness Office aims to raise awareness around health by supporting promoting, and enhancing activities that are connected to overall subjective wellbeing.
Up until now, our University’s wellbeing initiatives addressed reducing stress, increasing mindfulness, providing counseling & guidance, creating mental health awareness, resilience training, promoting exercise, building self-confidence, encouraging work-life balance, anti-bullying discussions, expressing gratitude, and normalizing help-seeking.
Our wellbeing policies are also aligned with our home campus in London (www.mdx.ac.uk/student-life/student-support). Upholding those policies, we provide both academic and personal support to our students. The Center for Academic Success (CAS), at MDX Dubai, provides one on one attention to students who face learning disabilities, need help with academic skills, or require counselling.
Our aim is to build on the emotional strength and intellect of students which further helps them in flourishing physically, emotionally, mentally, and academically. In line with, Dubai government’s happiness agenda, we are also aiming to measure the impact of our initiatives and sustain happiness for our students’ long-term psycho-social health.
The Wellness Office employs a cross-departmental approach to wellness, encouraging all staff and students to become involved in any of the key areas. Each year, different staff and students join us in strengthening our wellness offerings.
Mariam is a senior lecturer in IFP Social Science, Psychology,
and Criminology, a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee,
and a Staff Inclusivity Champion
Dr Tenia Kyriazi
Support and Advocacy Representative
Dr. Kyriazi is the Deputy Director of Academic Operations,
Head of Law and Politics, Head of the Teaching and Learning Committee,
and an Equality, Diversity, Inclusivity project representative for the Dubai campus
Dr Lynda Hyland
Dr Hyland is a senior lecturer in Psychology, a member of the Research Committee and Student Research Committee, Career Liaison for the Psychology Department, and an Academic Integrity Tutor
Wellness Support Groups Facilitator
Aditi is a lecturer in Psychology, co-organizer of the Psychology Book Club
and Staff Book Club, and Faculty Mentor to the Student Council